1. Non-Invasive Tests for the Diagnosis of Esophageal Varices

We are undertaking a CIHR-funded project to examine the role of non-invasive tests for the diagnosis of esophageal varices. As part of this project, we wish to describe certain aspects of current practice among Canadian adult hepatologists. Knowing that your life is very busy, we have made this survey short. If you wish, you may be entered into a draw to win one of four $100 gift certificates.

By completing this questionnaire I give consent for my responses to be used for this research. I understand that all my responses will remain anonymous and no personal identifying information will be used in any reports, presentations or publications.

Please address any questions to Dr. Simon Ling at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto: simon.ling@sickkids.ca or (416) 813-7734.

* 1. Do you practice primarily in either adult hepatology or adult gastroenterology?

* 2. Is Liver Disease your primary area of interest or expertise?

* 3. Do you offer endoscopy to patients with cirrhosis to screen for esophageal varices?

* 4. Do you use any of the following tests to help identify patients who may have varices? (Check all that apply)

  I do NOT use these test results to decide who is at risk of varices I use them to diagnose varices instead of doing an endoscopy I use them to help identify patients for whom I will then recommend an endoscopy to diagnose varices
Platelet Count
Spleen Size (on physical examination or ultrasound scan)
Other ultrasound scan findings
A formula or calculation including spleen size and platelet count
Video Capsule Endoscopy
Barium Swallow
CT Scan
MRI Scan
Ultrasound Elastography (Fibroscan)
MR Elastography
A test that measures liver fibrosis (e.g. Fibrotest, APRI, ELF test, Fibrometer, Forns score, Hepascore, etc).

* 5. Which method of communication do you find most effective in bringing about a change in your practice when new research information shows that a change is required?

* 6. Thank you, that completes our survey. Would you be willing to provide us with your email to contact you for the following:

  Yes No
For our Research Team to contact you
To enter your name in a draw for one of four $100 gift certificates for Chapters/Indigo On-Line.